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About Universal Legal Protection

Universal Legal Protection ‘ULP’ is an independent, owner-managed business founded in 1999 as a specialist Professional Liability and After The Event Litigation (‘ATE’) insurance broker. Today, our main area of focus is Pension Trustee Liability Insurance, both for ‘live’ Pension Schemes requiring ongoing annual cover and also long-term Run Off Insurance for the Trustees of Schemes that are winding up or have been wound up.

We continue to arrange Schemes and Facilities for Solicitors and Claims Management Companies requiring ATE Insurance for volume business.

In addition to this, we provide a bespoke broking service for Professional Indemnity and Directors’ and Officers’ covers.

We go the extra mile to demonstrate reliability, integrity, transparency and trust. We listen to what each client wants and do our best to get it! Only when we have managed each client’s expectations do we go to market. If there are complexities and possible pitfalls, we explain them. Our philosophy is to work closely with our clients.

Our Management Team

Richard Myrtle

Richard Myrtle

Managing Director

Richard has worked in Insurance since graduating from university in 1980. He initially worked as a Lloyd’s Broker specialising in Professional Indemnity and Directors’ & Officers’ Liability, before concentrating on Legal Expenses Insurance during the 1990s. Richard established Universal Legal Protection Limited (ULP) around the turn of the new millennium, partly in response to After-the-Event Litigation Insurance (ATE) emerging as a new type of insurance and partly to address a growing interest from trustees of Pension Schemes seeking insurance protection. Pension Trustee Liability Insurance (PTL) has been ULP’s cornerstone of expertise for over a decade now, both ‘live’ (annual) Policies and ‘Run Off’ Policies which protect the trustees for a long period of time once a Pension Scheme has been Wound Up. Whilst Richard continues to arrange group or volume based ATE Facilities, his main focus is on the niche PTL sector. Throughout his career, Richard has been an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and he is a Chartered Insurance Broker.

Karen Mansfield

Karen Mansfield


Karen brings over thirty years’ experience working in the City of London (for several of the major Lloyd’s brokers) to ULP. Karen has always worked within the Financial Lines sector and is an industry expert in both Pension Trustee Liability (PTL) Insurance and Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII). Having helped Pension Schemes of varying shapes and sizes, Karen is able to negotiate bespoke solutions for annual placements for ongoing Schemes and those that require long-term Run Off solutions once a Scheme concludes Wind Up. Karen’s knowledge of the different Insurers’ appetite for risk and Policy Wordings available ensures that she is best placed to assist Trustees, Employers and their Advisers and is able to provide a hands on approach by attending Trustee meetings as deemed appropriate.